The Internship Diaries
Ross made it unclear as to what the exact working hours were by his laid-back attitude, so naturally I set off from Harrow to Hackney for 9 o'clock with plenty of time to get to to Tom Lipop's (an hour and a half). Nervously, after some location trouble, I arrived for half 8, at which time I was able to be taken through Tom's designs. For a brief moment I met Tom Lipop's business partner, Esser, who had to run off to the sheepskin factory to find the deep rich colour that was needed for the Autumn/Winter '11 collection.
|(Left) Fabric samples for A/W'11. (Right) Looks planned out for the catwalk.|
With it being my first time on an industrial machine, practising sewing straight lines and circles was reasonably nostalgic, despite Tom, Ross and Lizzy all equally reminding me of how young I was. The speed of these machines and the highly sensitive pedal strangely reminded myself of learning to drive a car, which I've recently been doing. It's about finding the right biting point, however in comparison, stalling is much the same as going too fast.
|Two industrial machines in the studio.|